Public’s Views On Tralee Town Park Facilities Revealed In New Survey

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THE results of a survey on Tralee Town Park shows that members of the public in town would recommend the facility to visitors, but more needs to be done in terms of safety and some other facilities.

The findings of the survey were presented at the Tralee Municipal District meeting of Kerry County Council on Monday by Tralee MD Officer Jean Foley.

Respondents were asked how likely they were to recommend visiting the Park to a friend with a rating of 1 (‘highly unlikely’) to 10 (‘highly likely’). The mean rating was 7.21 with 66% giving a rating of 7 or higher and 10% giving a rating of 3 or under.

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They were also asked to rate the facilities in the Park with a choice of five ratings of ‘Excellent’, ‘Very Good’, ‘Good’, ‘Poor’ and ‘Very Poor’.

When it came to ‘Trees and Plants’ and ‘Green Spaces’, 94% of respondents gave a rating of ‘Good’ or higher. ‘Entrances’ and ‘Accessibility’ also had high ratings of 93% of ‘Good’ or higher, the Rose Garden scored well too (91% ‘Good’ or higher) as did ‘Paths’ (85%), ‘Garden Of The Senses’ (84%) and the ‘Playground’ (83%).

Facilities and features which didn’t fare as well, scoring a rating of ‘Poor’ or ‘Very Poor’ with respondents, were ‘Safety’ (47%), ‘Parking’ (46%), ‘Seating’ (44%) and ‘Toilets’ (41%).

When asked what improvements should be made to the Park, 27% of respondents said ‘Safety and Security’ needs to be stepped up and 21% cited ‘Amenity and Convenience’ with emphasis on the toilet facilities.

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When they were asked for ‘Suggested New Features’, 22% wanted better ‘Management and Maintenance’, 16% said ‘Leisure Sport and Fitness’ facilities and 16% said more ‘Flora and Fauna’.

When asked what events respondents attended in the Town Park, 43% said Rose of Tralee related events, 19% said the Féile na mBláth and 10% said the Park Run.

The Council’s survey was completed by 1,467 people between January and February of this year, distributed online via Survey Monkey and physically by local schools, by NEWKD to community interest groups and in county buildings — Tralee Library and Tralee MD office.

64% of the respondents were aged between 25 and 64, 18% were aged under 18, 10 between 18 and 24 and eight aged 65 or over.

The results of the survey will now be used for the development of a Town Park Strategy to guide future maintenance, management and development of the Park.

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